Jan 01

Youth Fire Fan Night and Tailgate Picnic

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Youth Fire Fan Night and Fire Tailgating Night are joining forces! All families – new, current and alumni – are invited to join the Holy Family Catholic High School community for Fire Football on Friday, September 23. Join us for complimentary tailgate fare (burgers, brats, hot dogs) between 6-7 p.m. with kids’ games and activities, giveaways, entertainment by the HF pep band and dance club followed by an exciting football game. Prospective families, print your family’s free admission ticket to the game at http://www.hfchs.org/events/youth-fire-fan-night-football/

Jan 01

Tennis team starts season with back to back victories

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Emma Terris and Alexis Pricco
September 6, 2016

As the tennis season begins, the team has large shoes to fill. The previous coach, Jack Roach, arrived in 2012 and began to reenergize the girls tennis program. Jack worked tirelessly with the players and during the 2014 season his efforts paid off when the team won the Class A State Tennis Tournament. The following year, they made it back to the State Tournament once again.

Now, as the 2016 season takes off, the team is expected to have another great season. The new coach of the girls team is TJ Garin, who was previously the assistant to Jack Roach and also coaches the girls hockey team and boys tennis team at Holy Family.

TJ has great expectations for the team this fall, along with the new assistant coach, Amy Dean. “As a new coach to Holy Family, I am so excited to see the energy this team brings to the courts everyday. I am looking forward to a fun and successful season,” said Amy. Senior captains Libby Moakley and Mary Seifert are also excited to help lead the girls this season.

The team started the season against Providence Academy on a good note, winning their first match 4-3. First doubles player Lindsey Harris remarked on her match, “Our final match score was closer than expected, which means we need to cut down on unforced errors and keep the ball in the court. If we can make these changes, we will have a successful and exciting season.”

The second match of the season was on the refurnished home courts at Holy Family against Glencoe-Silver Lake. The Fire won 6-1, christening the courts with a victory.

The girls tennis team has endured many changes from last year. With the loss of four seniors, coaches TJ Garin and Amy were confronted with many decisions regarding the lineup this year. One notable change includes junior Sophie Lynch moving up to play first singles, after playing second singles last fall.

After the second match Sophie remarked, “I think our match against Glencoe really showed the improvement we have made as a team this season. I am very excited about playing one singles this year! I really have looked up to the girls that have played one singles, they have taught me to relax and have fun out on the court as well as fight hard to represent our school well!”
With a new team, new coaches, and new courts, the tennis team has a a high bar to meet and great expectations to fulfill. Many fans are interested to see how the 2016 season will turn out. But, if there is one thing to be sure of, it is that the girls are ready to play and give their best effort to make a reappearance back at the State Tournament for the third year in a row.

This article was originally published on Holy Family Catholic High School’s online newspaper on September 6, 2016. See more stories and slideshows from the school’s online paper at http://hfphoenix.com/

Jan 01

Soccer teams start conference play on the right foot

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Marissa Endres, hfphoenix.com

The fall sports season is in full swing and both the boys and girls soccer teams are off to a strong start. Each team is currently 1-0 in conference play and the chance for a successful season looks promising.

The boys team won their first conference game on Thursday night at home against Delano, 1-0. The only goal of the game was scored by sophomore Luke Pucklich.

The boys team this year will be led by captains Trey Cavello, Josh Mohling, Connor Fowler, and Ian Dosedel. Because the team graduated nine seniors from last year’s squad, the captains will need to work hard to get the younger players caught up to speed.

After talking with captain Trey Cavello, it seems as though the team is already very close. He said, “I’m looking forward to a fun season with a bunch of awesome guys. I’m also looking forward to continuing to grow as a team.”

The team is aiming high regarding expectations. Trey added, “Going to state is something every team wants to accomplish.”

The girls team also won their first conference game against Delano on Thursday by a score of 4-1. Samm Dalsin, Reyana Schaffer, Gracie Lund, and Grace Murphy all contributed goals.

The girls team graduated only three seniors last year, making the transition into this season a bit easier. Stepping in to replace those graduates are Olivia Russo (junior), Grace Murphy (sophomore), Caitlin Rock (freshman), and Reyana Schaffer (8th grader).

Captain Samm Dalsin has a lot of confidence in the newcomers, saying, “These new players have all been really great additions to the team and should help us out a lot this year.”

Similar to the boys team, the girls also seems to be a very close group. “I’m just looking forward to all the fun we will have this year,” said Samm.

This article was originally published on Holy Family Catholic High School’s online newspaper on September 6, 2016. See more stories and slideshows from the school’s online paper at http://hfphoenix.com/

Jan 01

Bringing Summer Learning to the Classroom

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In July, Holy Family Catholic High School Spanish teacher and Fire For Life Club advisor, Mrs. Karen Kidrowski, completed the final year of a three-year Lasallian education and formation program through Buttimer Institute for Lasallian Studies. Located on the campus of St. Mary’s College in Moraga, California, The Buttimer Institute of Lasallian Studies is an intensive Lasallian education and formation program that studies the life and work of St. John Baptist de La Salle and the origins of the Lasallian educational mission.

Participants attend the institute from all over the world for three consecutive summers, in two-week durations, and complete three courses of study: The Founding Story, St. John the Baptist De La Salle’s Educational Vision, and St. John the Baptist De LaSalle’s Spiritual Vision.

Completion of the program requires enrollment in a practicum addressing the needs of the Lasallian Educational Community. Mrs. Kidrowski’s practicum focused on completing work for the International Young Lasallians located in Rome and networking with other teachers to generate ideas for classroom use.

Mrs. Kidrowski’s personal goal in attending the institute aligned well with the mission of the program. She stated, “My goal was to learn more about what it means to be a Lasallian educator and bring the mission and philosophy back into my classroom.”

Theology instructors Mr. Doug Bosch, Mrs. Lynnae Bosch and Mr. Andy Witchger have also completed Buttimer Institute’s Lasallian Formation Program.

Holy Family Catholic High School is a Catholic high school grounded in the Lasallian tradition. Lasallian Education centers on Catholic values and personal relationships, emphasizing academic excellence, faith formation, inclusion, respect for the individual, service, and social justice. A Lasallian Education strives to enrich each student’s cultural, intellectual, physical, social and spiritual development.

Jan 01

Garden Project Supports Local Food Shelf

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Holy Family Catholic High School’s Garden Project has delivered almost 80 pounds of produce to the Bountiful Baskets food shelf in Chaska this summer. In its third year, early estimates point to a bumper crop for the 2016 harvest which appears likely to outpace last year’s donation total of 110 pounds of produce.

Long before the warm growing season arrives, project advisor and science teacher Jim Walker starts the plants in the south-facing windows of his classroom. The plants are moved to the school greenhouse in April to grow in preparation for spring planting. After soil temperatures reach appropriate temperatures, student volunteers help transplant the starter plants to the garden’s raised beds. Plants are kept pest-free without the use of chemical pesticides and weeds are kept at bay with straw mulch and willing summer volunteers.

Harvest dates are intentionally staggered to provide produce to the food shelf after donations of vegetable varieties from home gardens may have ended. The hope is to keep a manageable and wide variety of produce available at the food shelf throughout the summer months.

This fall, a small apple orchard will be added near the garden in honor of long-time employee, Mary Stenerson, who relocated to Detroit Lakes. When the trees bear fruit in approximately 2-3 years, the garden project volunteers will have fruit to share, as well.

Jan 01

New Parent Reception

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Welcome to the Family! The start of the 2016-2017 school year is just weeks away. For parents new to Holy Family, it is also the beginning of a new chapter. Please join us on August 15 for a welcome reception and informational program from our administrators and staff. Arrive at 6:00 p.m. to meet and mingle with other parents. The informational program starts at 6:30 p.m. followed by a reception with light refreshments and lots of friendly faces to answer any lingering questions. Current parents with incoming freshmen are encouraged to attend. See you there!

Jan 01

Joy! A concert to remember.

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Holy Family history was made recently, when the first concert ever to be performed in the new Center for the Arts, gave every attendant a little more Christmas spirit. The Christmas concert was titled “Joy! A Holy Family Christmas.” A fitting title, encompassing all of the band and choir song selections. Deciding who should open the concert was a matter of debate. Instead of choosing, Ms. Brown the Vocal Music Director, along with Mrs. Boillat the Instrumental Music Director, decided to christen the Performing Arts Center together